Randall's NFL power rankings

The beat goes on for the Green Bay Packers. (REUTERS/Darren Hauck)

The beat goes on for the Green Bay Packers. (REUTERS/Darren Hauck)

RANDALL THE HANDLE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:28 PM ET

Randall’s weekly NFL power rankings and Thursday night pick:

Rank Team Last week Comments

1 Green Bay Packers 1 The beat goes on.

2 San Francisco 49ers 3 Can’t argue with seven in a row.

3 Houston Texans 5 Can they overcome loss of Schaub?

4 Pittsburgh Steelers 6 Leapfrogged pair to top of AFC North.

5 New England Patriots 7 Win over Jets provides command of division.

6 Chicago Bears 8 Playing well on both sides of ball.

7 New Orleans Saints 11 Christmas came early.

8 Atlanta Falcons 9 Coach needs to re-read his manual.

9 New York Giants 4 Loss has them hearing Dallas’ footsteps.

10 Baltimore Ravens 2 Should stick to playing Steelers.

11 Dallas Cowboys 17 Tease meter back to high.

12 Detroit Lions 10 Record may be better than they are.

13 New York Jets 12 Wild-card is best they can hope for now.

14 Cincinnati Bengals 14 Failed an important test.

15 Oakland Raiders 19 Division is theirs to lose.

16 Buffalo Bills 13 Have dropped past two by combined 71-18.

17 San Diego Chargers 18 Expectations could be exceeding talent.

18 Tennessee Titans 21 Glimmer of hope for division.

19 Denver Broncos 25 National stage for Tebow show this week.

20 Arizona Cardinals 27 Let the quarterback controversy begin.

21 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 16 Have taken a significant step backward.

22 Philadelphia Eagles 15 Did you hear the one about the Eagles?

23 Miami Dolphins 26 Can coach save job with respectable 2nd half?

24 Seattle Seahawks 30 Need to bottle home magic for road games.

25 Jacksonville Jaguars 28 Defeating Colts ain’t what it used to be.

26 Carolina Panthers 22 Defences figuring out Newton.

27 Kansas City Chiefs 20 Expect losing streak to continue

28 Washington Redskins 24 Too many injuries to compete.

29 Minnesota Vikings 23 Definitely not ready for prime time.

30 St. Louis Rams 29 A riveting win in Cleveland. Woo hoo!

31 Cleveland Browns 31 Mike Holgrem has helped how?

32 Indianapolis Colts 32 Now have two-game ‘lead’ in Luck derby.

THURSDAY NIGHT PICK

Jets (5-4) at Broncos (4-5)

LINE: JETS BY 6

This one lines up nicely as the Jets were smoked by nemesis Patriots on Sunday night while Tim Tebow and the Broncos are fresh off a win over the hapless Chiefs. Perfect. The result is a reduced line and one we intend to take full advantage of. Denver may be able to compete with some of the weaker teams around the league. But with Tebow and his extreme inability to pass the football (44.8% completion rate), it is impossible to succeed against any competent teams. Tebow had one of the most incredible lines in NFL history last week as he completed just two passes in eight attempts for 56 yards, in a 17-10 victory. The key was a Kansas City team that couldn’t stop the run as the Broncos racked up 244 yards on the ground. That wouldn’t work here under regular circumstances and now that both of Denver’s starting running backs are likely to miss this one, it becomes a near impossible task for Tebow to beat the Jets through the air. Off of last week’s embarrassment and with playoff hopes suddenly an issue, expect the Jets to be all business on this night.

TAKING: NY JETS –6


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